Large animal clinic relocates

Vet changes and moves

They’re your one-stop large-animal veterinarians, but the place you stop at will be different very soon.

The Granville Large Animal Veterinary Services practice is moving.

Headquartered at the end of the triangle near the intersection of Quaker Street and Route 22 since the practice started in Granville just after World War II, the operation is relocating to Middle Granville near the Mary J. Tanner Primary School.

The new office is located on the right side of county Route 23 just .3 miles from Route 22.

“We’re moving next week; we want to let everybody know we’re moving,” said office manager David Jensen.

Jensen said the move was the result of a demographic shift within the animal population covered by large-animal veterinarians – from large herds of dairy cattle to horses, llamas, sheep, alpacas, goats and other animals owned by private individuals as pets or work animals.

With animal owners more willing to move themselves, it became necessary to have a place for them to bring their animals for treatment.

The four vets from Granville Large Animal Veterinary Services cover an area from Warrensburg in the north over to Rutland and Benson in Vermont as well as south to Gansevoort and Manchester, Vt.

“We hope to draw clients from a wider base now,” Jensen said.

With horses and other animals in herds numbering well below 100 head, it is much more possible for the owners to bring the animals to the vet.

Jensen said veterinary services from vaccinations to check-ups will still be offered. Nothing is changing there, he said, but with the change of location the veterinarians will be able to offer increased services such as digital X-rays.

“We still offer the full ‘ambi’ package, but now we have a way to treat animals on site as well,” Jensen said. “And we’re hoping to reach clients who were too far away in the past.”

If the animal health business in Granville is any indication, the economy might just be picking up some steam.

The practice is looking to add another veterinarian for a fifth full-time veterinarian since reducing staffing when the economy slowed in 2008-2009.

“We had to reduce (staffing) but now need more help. Hopefully bring in new people as well; we’re optimistic business will grow with this change,” Jensen said.

The new facility allows Granville Large Animal Veterinary Services to keep a few animals on site while providing spaces for the animals to receive care at the office for lameness or dental work, to name a few.

“For example if someone had a colicky horse that needed more observation they can bring it over and we can keep it on site and care for it on site,” Jensen said. “If they need to go to work they can leave it with us we’ll be able to monitor it.”

Veterinarians Dr. John McDermott and Dr. Jack Rath purchased the five-acre parcel and building in July 2009 and work was recently completed on the building.

The veterinarians are Rath and McDermott, Dr. Sarah Jensen and Dr. Kirk Ayling. The practice also has four full-time support staff members, including Kathy McGraw, lab services; Rose Smith, business manager; Karen Kilmartin, accounts receivable; and Jensen.

The practice was started in the late 1940s by Philip Liebig in the old Quaker School House then moved across the parking lot to what was Liebig’s house where it remained until now.

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